95 St. Alphonsus approved by BPDA

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) has approved a six-story residential development at 95 St. Alphonsus St., a proposal which was generally accepted by the impact advisory group (IAG) at previous meetings.

The site is currently a 175-space parking structure at 1575 Tremont Street, and which will be converted into a six-story residential building at 95 St. Alphonsus by Wingate Companies.

The proposed building is planned to be built behind Wingate’s residential building The Longwood at 1575 Tremont St. and would be called The Longwood II Residences. The development will include 115 rental units total, with a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. The 111,665 square foot project will include 15 on-site affordable units.

Wingate Companies have presented several times to the community and made changes in light of community concerns. Previous IAG concerns with the proposal were regarding the traffic flow within the development and out Worthington Street. Some residents had been concerned that drivers tend to quickly go down the wrong way of the one-way Worthington Street. Changes have been made to discourage that behavior, such as changing the curb cuts and narrowing the exit from the development onto Worthington.

Another change made to address circulation and traffic in the development is that the new design has moved the front entrance. The developers have also reorganized the amenity space in the design so that it is oriented along St. Alphonsus street in order to capture more open space within the courtyard.

The new project will have 130 total parking spaces: 108 in a two-level below-grade parking structure, and 22 surface spaces. For cyclists, there will be parking for 115 bicycles, and the developers have committed to making a contribution of $50,000 to the Boston Transportation Department for a Hubway station on or near the project site.

The development will provide new security cameras on Tremont St. and donate $10,000 for maintenance and programming at Mission Hill playground. It will provide 189 construction jobs and six permanent jobs.

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